Last Updated: 2018-12-06
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KAHMANDU, Nepal, Dec 6 (NNN-NEPALNEWS) - China has started work on reconstructing the Friendship Bridge over Bhotekoshi river, at Tatopani-Zhangmu border point, which was damaged by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, according to a local official.

Ram Man Singh, secretary at bordering ward No. 2 of Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality, in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, said, the Chinese side has started work on reconstructing the Friendship Bridge from this week.

"This has given us hope that the border will be reopened soon," he said.

The border point has remained closed since the deadly quake occurred. According to Singh, the closure of the border point has brought economic activities in the area to a standstill, as it is the main trade route between the two countries.

After the earthquake damaged the bridge, China had built a temporary bridge near the previous one, to deliver imported goods stuck on the Chinese side to Nepal, after the quake.

China has also been assisting Nepal to rebuild damaged roads around the area, and a dry port at Larcha, around six km inward in Nepal, to conduct bilateral trade.

Government offices on the Nepali side, including customs, quarantine and immigration offices, would be relocated, after the dry port is built.

"Construction works at the dry port has reached the final stage," said Singh.

China has also been rebuilding a road that connects border point and the dry port, Krishna Bahadur Basnet, chief customs officer at Tatopani Customs, said.-- NNN-NEPALNEWS